Wednesday, November 23, 2016

6th Graders Come to the STEM Lab For an Engineering Challenge.

In an integrated social studies unit with Mrs Kurash, the students are asked to create a device that transports water (represented as rice) from the river to the field in Mesopotamia. They spent several mornings in the STEM lab designing and constructing their devices.

Sixth Graders Transport the Towers to The Norman Williams Public Library for public display.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Three 3D Printers Up and Running at The Same Time!

Due to generous donations, ingenuity, and after hours of tweaking the settings, we finally have a dream come true.  Three printers running at once!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Handprinting Kick-Off

Students have been learning environmental education in STEM. On Friday, November 4th at our Handprinting Assembly, we shared our school-wide recycling, trash, and compost data. Our data shows that our school is creating more trash than recycling or compost.

With Handprinting, we keep track of the positive impacts that we cause to happen - and focus on the good environmental choices that we make.

It is a new system that tallies the good
we do for the planet!

 Everyone at WES is making a sustainability pledge to help have a positive impact or "handprint" on the Earth. Please ask your child about her/his pledge! Displaying
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At WES, the data shows that we are producing about 47 pounds of trash (destined for a landfill) per day, and around 17 pounds of recycling.  We are also producing about 35 pounds of compost per day. Our goal is to reduce the weight of our trash, and  increase the amount of recycling or composting that we do each day.

Gerry weighs our trash and recycling each day. The cafe staff weighs all our compost. Sustainable Woodstock and Farm to School helped us purchase scales and compost buckets for classrooms.

text from school newsletter - source MMills.